A type of cholesterol (blood fat) that causes inflammatory diseases (such as heart disease). LDL is called ‘bad cholesterol’ since it can build up in arteries (major blood vessels). Whilst LDL is not assessed alone to predict heart disease risk, it is an important part of assessing the overall absolute risk. The goal is to keep LDL-Cholesterol to below <2.5, or <2.0 is better if your risk of heart disease is already high (e.g. a previous heart attack or stroke).
See High Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and Triglycerides.